This Bronx-Based Running Club Doubles as a Local History Class

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Like the rest of New York City, the Bronx has history hidden around every corner. You can find 19th century parks, noteworthy buildings, and memorials honoring the legacy of the borough and its residents just about everywhere. On a less positive note, it also happens to be the least healthy county in all of New York state.

When Bronx residents Justin Mashia and Pedro Rivera learned of the borough's health issues, they came up with a unique way to tackle the problem using the area’s rich history. As GOOD reports, they started Bronx Sole, an open running group that integrates significant local landmarks and their historical context into each run. On any given Tuesday night day, the runners might visit Yankee Stadium, the ruins of the Metropolis Theatre, or High Bridge, the oldest standing bridge in the city. At each destination, the group pauses for a brief history lesson.

When they initially formed Bronx Sole in September 2016, Mashia and Rivera—who first met at a Nike-sponsored workout in 2015—restricted enrollment to beginners.

“If I’m trying to get people to get off their couches to come outside and run, I don’t want them to be intimidated,” Mashia told GOOD. “You don’t want people coming out and dying, while everybody else is running with ease.”

They have since relaxed those rules. Today, runners of all ages and experience levels are invited to join the group for aerobic exercise mixed with some education. To make sure none of the participants feel left out, a pacer is there to take up the rear. Participants come away from the 3 to 4 mile run feeling a little healthier and knowing a little more about the borough they live in.

If you're a New Yorker, Bronx Sole meets every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. outside Franz Siegel Park.

[h/t GOOD]

Plano, Texas Is Now Home to a Dog-Friendly Movie Theater

K9 Cinemas
K9 Cinemas

For dog owners in Plano, Texas, movie night with Fido no longer just means cuddling on the couch and browsing Netflix. The newly opened K9 Cinemas invites moviegoers—both human and canine—to watch classic films on the big screen.

The theater operates as a pop-up (or perhaps pup-up?) in a private event space near Custer Road and 15th Street in Plano. On the weekends, patrons can pay $5 for dogs, $9 for kids, and $12.50 for adults to see popular movies in the 50-seat space. Snacks—both the pet and people kind—are available for $2 apiece. Dogs are limited to two per person, and just 25 human seats are sold per showing to leave room for the furry guests.

Pet owners are asked follow a few rules in order to take advantage of what the theater has to offer. Dogs must be up-to-date on all their shots, and owners can submit veterinary records online or bring a hard copy to the theater to verify their pooch's health status. Once inside, owners are responsible for taking their dog out for potty breaks and cleaning up after any accidents that happen (thankfully the floors are concrete and easy to wipe down).

K9 Cinemas is currently showing Elf (2003) and Home Alone (1990) for the holiday season. Dog and movie enthusiasts can buy tickets online now, or wait until January when the theater upgrades from padded chairs to couches for optimized puppy snuggle time.

KFC's New Firelog Makes Your House Smell Like Fried Chicken

KFC
KFC

The classic yule log has received updates from Star Wars, Nick Offerman, and Lil Bub over the years. This holiday season, why not stoke your fireplace with a log from the folks at KFC? As KRON reports, the fast food chain has produced its own firelog that releases the scent of Kentucky fried chicken when ignited.

The KFC 11 Herbs and Spices log is the best way to fill your house with delectable fried chicken smells without ordering takeout. Made in collaboration with Enviro-Log, it contains 100 percent-recycled materials and burns for up to three hours. KFC warns buyers that burning the log "may result in a craving for fried chicken," and that it "may attract bears or neighbors who are hungry." Despite the mouthwatering aroma, the KFC firelog is not safe to eat.

KFC and Christmas may seem like an odd pairing, but it's an annual holiday tradition in other parts of the world. In Japan, KFC has been a Christmastime staple for decades, with customers placing orders for buckets of "Christmas chicken" months ahead of the holiday.

The KFC log went on sale for $19 on Thursday, December 14, and it's already sold out from the online store, but keep checking back to see if they've restocked them.

It likely won't be the last scented novelty product we see from the brand: KFC has previously released a candle, nail polish, and sunscreen all made to smell like its famous fried bird.

[h/t KRON]

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